When a pianist of Stephen Hough’s calibre interprets a work such as Rachmaninov’s intensely dramatic Piano Concerto No.1, it’s a special event – one not to be missed.
Written with all the daring and spirit of an 18-year-old, Rachmaninov’s concerto displays the hallmarks of passion and intensity that would come to define his legacy. The raging double-octave leaps, the luxurious orchestration, the heart-wrenching piano solo – this is the Russian’s emergence as a pure and unapologetic Romantic.
In his Symphony in F sharp, Erich Wolfgang Korngold reveals the musical storytelling skills that made him such a prolific composer of early Hollywood film scores. His Symphony is brought to life by conductor John Wilson in all its four dashing, cinematic movements.
GORDON HAMILTON a great Big Blue Thing
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RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.1
KORNGOLD Symphony in F-sharp
JOHN WILSON conductor
STEPHEN HOUGH piano